Hey La Comida de Jeremie familia! I know, I know! I apologize for being M.I.A on social media and my platform, but I decided to take some much needed self care and take a break from social media. But I'm back today with my newest blog post and video! We are now eleven days into the new year and I can't say it enough how excited I am for all of the exciting content and plans I've come up with for the next 12 months to share with you all. It's hard to believe that I started this platform back in 2017. Recently when going through old posts and cleaning up my platforms, I came across my first ever YouTube video and just to see how nervous I was to film that first video. I was so excited to share with the world my new endeavors, but I was so scared of what everyone would say and of getting any negative feedback... man, was that a silly thought. Of course, there will always be those negative nancy's and debbie downers on social media but I have decided that those people don't matter and the one's that do are all of you that take the time out of your day to check in on me and see all of the delicious recipes and my crazy life that I love to share with you all.
After seeing the response from all of my viewers last year and the capabilities that I have to be consistent and do the things that I love to do on my platform, it has really set the tone for this next chapter in my life. I'm not sure if it's the fact that I reached my goal of 200 subscribers on YouTube, or the many people who stay in contact with me on Instagram and my website, or the millions of ideas I have for content, or just all of it together... I really have this new drive within me to continue on creating.
With all that being said in the year of 2019 I have decided instead making those resolutions that I never stick to, that instead I'd set some goals that are realistic and that I know I'd work towards if I set my mind to it. So here we go:
1. Invest in my platform. Which I did! With the help of my mom and grandmother kind Christmas gift, I was able to purchase a brand new laptop which is what I'm typing this blog post on. If you've been keeping up with me on social media you know that my laptop broke, I was then using my small work laptop that doesn't have the capabilities to handle editing software or take on so much video footage, and then I ended 2018 using our desktop MAC at home which I wasn't too happy to use because it's tucked away in Errol's little office nook, and I'm much more inspired when watching some Netflix or YouTube on the couch or at my desk or in bed editing videos. Talk about first world problems huh? Well friend I now have a nice HP laptop with lots of storage (also invested in a 4TB external hard drive just in case haha) for all of my platform goodies! Along with my new tech stuff I realized that I needed to stay on top of my ish and start being even MORE consistent. So yes, I apologize for all of those videos and Instagram posts last year where I said that I'd share the recipe with you all... and never got around to it. But THIS year I'll definitely be sure to have everything ready to be uploaded before I even share a food photo or video with you all. Hey, don't judge it's all a learning experience!
2. Invest in myself. Continuing with consistency, I need to be more consistent with everything that I do. So this year I am investing in myself. How you may ask? Well, for one thing in order to stay on my A-game I picked myself up a brand spanking new planner before we rang in the new year so that I can plan out all of my bills (because you know we're on our way to becoming debt free), staying on top of my day job, planning for content creating and when things need to be uploaded. The list goes on and on. Which is why I needed to start to keeping a calendar around with space to write everything out. You can start calling me old now, it's okay, I am. Last year I also made time to start decluttering and work towards a minimalist lifestyle. In no way do I mean that I'm going to be a minimalist, sorry that's just not in my blood and it's definitely not my aesthetic. However, I realized that all of the clutter in closets and behind closed pantry doors that I've accumalated does nothing for me other than stress me out and leaves me feeling unmotivated. This motivation leads to lack of creating. This year I am definitely sticking to that team of decluttering and will continue to work towards to my idea of a minimalist lifestyle and home life. Another thing that I am penciling into my planner is ME time. That doesn't just mean time to take naps and put a face mask on, even though that is in the plan for this year, but I realized that I am approaching 25 and I needed to start investing more in myself. This means taking better care of my health: saving up for some braces, drinking tons more water, eating more of my veggies, going to sleep way earlier (even though I'm typing this at 12:12 A.M. on a Sunday night when I should be resting for the start of my work week, but what can I say old habits die hard and my best work is done when the stars are in the sky), cleansing my skin, moisturize moisturize MOISTURIZE, stop my gross anxiety habit of biting my nails and be more active. Whoo, that's a lot! Many things that I do now in my life I had to get used to doing, so with many of these new things that I am introducing into my life I will be dedicated and get "used to" doing them. So whether you're trying to be more organized, Takes 21 days to make or break a habit they say.
3. Invest in my environment. One thing that I noticed is the amount of waste that I was creating in my everyday life. We all know that I love shopping for food and hair products. But I never really put much thought into where all of the packaging that these things come in were going. With that being said I've done a lot of research in regards to reusing, recyling, composting, thrifting vs. fast fashion, and so much more. Now, of course, it's not just an easy fix... but the first step to any bad habit is admitting that you have that bad habit. Now that we have that checked off, the second step is actually putting the work in. One of the biggest steps I'll be making in 2019 is shopping less! Specifically food shopping, since I'm not really shopping for anything else now-a-days, and the money that I am spending or wasting on groceries. I'll be the first to admit that many things in our fridge go to waste simply because I went to the grocery store after work when I was starving and purchased a ton of produce that I didn't need or wasn't on the shopping list, and two weeks later I have to get rid of those apples that I forgot about. Yeah, I know it happens to you too. In order to prevent overspending, wasting money, and creating more harmful waste in the environment I'll be sticking to a budget and shopping list. No worries, I'm working my way to start composting more and all of those many other green environmentally friendly things, little by little okay?!
4. Invest in my future. I'll be the first one to admit that reading is not so fundamental, at least for me. With social media and everything on the internet being so quick and gathering information being so easy to get reading just doesn't seem to be a priority for anyone anymore. However, I am a sucker for anything vintage or that will help me be the best successful version of Jeremie that I can be. While visiting Burke's Books a used bookstore in Cooper-Young my friend came across a book that was perfect for me! Will Write For Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More by Dianne Jacob. Now if this wasn't a blessing in disguise, I don't know what is!? This book is helping me be a better creator, a more creative writer, excited for my progressing career in the food business, and has made me excited about reading again. Not too mention the smell of old books, seriously feeling like SJP and her obsession with the New York Public Library. Continuing with the learning trend I'll be attending a blogger event later this month. The idea is to meet other creatives and learn how to grow my platform/website. I am ecstatic for the opportunity and to learn more on how to provide you all with the best content, meanwhile fulfilling my dreams and goals. The last investment piece is my changes in my savings accounts and paying off debt. I'll get further into this in my video series on my channel at a later date, but recently I made some changes to my savings accounts and started investing more money into them. In my planner I've started meal planning for the week to help me with my spending. And last but not least I started paying more money towards my debts so that I can pay them off quicker, because you know I'd like to have that money back in my pocket, and the sooner things get paid off the sooner you get to start putting that money into your savings accounts.
I'm welcoming this New Year with open arms and I am ready to accept all of the fantastic things that it has to offer to me. This year will be a year filled with hard work and great ROI! Whatever your New Years goals may be, I hope that this newly fueled motivation I have will transfer onto you and fuel you with the energy to work towards them. May these next 12 (11?) months be filled with nothing but great memories, staying committed to our goals, and taking care of ourselves. So go out there and do something that you've always wanted to do, try something new that you may have been to afraid to do, spend time with your loved ones, meet new people who are in the same field as you or in the field that you want to be in, travel to new destinations whether in a different country or state or even in your own town, and make life a great one!
Thank you for all of your support! Stay tuned for what's in store from La Comida de Jeremie this year and I'll be speaking with you soon.